Christmas has come and gone and 2016 is coming to a close. Most of us are suffering through that post-holiday food coma that seems to carry on through the rest of December and into January! Yes, it’s a real thing and, NO, I can’t control myself either! So what can you do to fight the the extra poundage that comes with the holidays? Well, one answer is obvious; don’t eat as much! Right?! (insert eyeroll here)
Okay, well the damage is done, so what now? Well, let’s think logically… it's time to deflate the inevitable holiday bloat. How do we burn all those extra calories we consumed over the past month? We workout! Easier said than done, though, right? Especially since any amount of free-time is tough to find this time of year - the kids are on winter break, the endless shopping trips, and traveling to holiday party after holiday party. Not to mention heading back to work after the holidays fighting the post-holiday fatigue. Who really wants to think about making time to work out?! But the gym is calling your name, don't ignore it!
It's Time to Hit the Gym
When you do finally return to the gym - focus on cardio based exercise. If you go in doing strictly cardio, mix in some intervals (bouts of higher and lower intensity) to really get the most out of your time. If you’re hitting the weights, make it a full body workout that incorporates a lot of compound movements such as squats, lunges, pushups - exercises that will force you to work the entire body. You can even incorporate some cardio into that strength training routine! Ask an exercise physiologist how to use the battle ropes, TRX or the rower to add some short bursts of cardio in your workout.
Start the New Year Off Right!
When celebrating New Year's Eve, limit the indulgences and limit them to just the one night. Just because there is leftover pie, that does NOT mean you have to eat the whole thing through the rest of the week! Get it out of the house! Send your guests home with leftovers, bring some into work, or to those awesome exercise physiologists at the gym (wink wink). Avoid keeping a candy dish on the coffee table, next thing you know the dish is empty and those Hershey kisses add up! Last but not least, drink LOTS of water!! There are no calories in water but plenty in egg nog, hot chocolate… and baileys! Factor in that we are also eating foods that are higher in salt, fat and sugar than we are used to, so drinking lots of water will help to flush it all out. Drinking plenty of water can also help in feeling full faster and longer so we don’t eat as much.
When it comes to getting back into your routine, don't be afraid to ask for help! The staff around the gym are there to help you get the most out of our workouts!
- Brittanie M., Exercise Physiologist and Group Fitness Director at DHAC